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Episode 115: A Roadtreking Thanksgiving

| Updated Nov 23, 2016

It's Thanksgiving Week in the U.S. and the roads are full with lots of travelers heading home for the big holiday. In this Thanksgiving edition of the podcast we’re joined by a whole bunch of our friends from the Roadtreking community and RV industry who share the things they’re most thankful for this year.

Besides or regular tips, news and RV questions and answers, you’ll hear the Roadtreking community marvelously underscore just how awesome the Roadtreking lifestyle truly is and how it brings people together in truly inspiring ways.

Click the player below to Listen Now or scroll down through the show note details. When you see a time code hyperlink, you can click it to jump directly to that segment of the podcast.


Show Notes for Episode #115 Nov. 23, 2016 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

Mike and Jennifer begin by sharing the many things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving [spp-timestamp time=”2:47″]


jennifer2We all love cooking out on the road… but sometimes, those grills we use can be a real mess. On a recent Roadtreking gathering, we saw how a friend of ours from Texas does it. [spp-timestamp time=”7:57″]

Doug McClendon shares how he uses half a lemon to scour and clean dirty grills.

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Here's a photo of Doug cleaning a grill with an onion.


Jennifer's tip of the week is brought to you by RadPower Bikes (www.RadPowerBikes.com_… an

electric bike manufacturer offering direct to consumer pricing on powerful premium electric bikes.


Two questions this week: [spp-timestamp time=”12:54″]

A listener asks about screens to cover the opening in a sliding door on a Roadtrek.

A listener asks about whether he can order a Roadtrek with a different floorplan.

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations.


We have six stories for you this week: [spp-timestamp time=”21:36″]

  • Number of entrance fee-free days in national parks system dropping by 40 percent in 2017. Read more
  • Woman sexually assaulted in southern California campground's restroom. Read more.
  • Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park closed for winter. Read more
  • Wayward elk, seen wandering around homes in South Carolina, tranquilized and taken out to mountains. Read more
  • Ten new national historic landmarks announced. Read more
  • Maryland woman mauled by bear in her own driveway. Read more

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde  the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV


Listen to a wide assortment of readers, listeners, members of our Facebook Roadtreking Group and industry leaders share their Thanksgiving wishes and the travel highlights they are most thankful for this past year. It’s a very inspiring and comprehensive string of messages that marvelously underscores just how awesome the Roadtreking lifestyle truly is.[spp-timestamp time=”31:27″]


Steve Van Dinter
Steve Van Dinter

Verizon's Steve Van Dinter reports [spp-timestamp time=”53:45″]

Thanksgiving is a time when all of us slow down just a little, gather with family and friends, talk about what we’re thankful for, and share stories about fond memories from the past.

And if that past happened more than about 10 years ago chances are we don’t have digital photos to back our stories up. But there are likely physical pictures lying around somewhere.

Well if you’ve always wanted to get those physical photos organized like your digital ones, you’re in luck.

That’s because Google has announced a new app to complement it’s free Google Photos app. It’s called PhotoScan and it’s free for Android and iOS devices.

The app is really simple to use and allows you to scan and then instantly upload your physical photos from the past.

If you’ve tried to do this you know how hard it can be because you want to use a flash to avoid shadows but then you end up with glare on parts of the photo.

PhotoScan eliminates the glare by having you line up four dots on the photo. It then takes four different scans of your picture and digitally eliminates any glare.

Then you can upload your scans to Google Photos where they’re easily searched by keyword.

With this week’s traveling technology tip, I’m Steve Van Dinter from Verizon.

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon, which operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide.


Patti and Tom Burkett
Patti and Tom Burkett

By Tom and Patti Burkett

A report on the Piper Club Museum:[spp-timestamp time=”56:20″]

One of the reasons we love our Roadtrek is that it’s useful for so many things besides traveling.  Just last week we used it to haul lumber home for a project, and a few weeks ago, the big rear bed was perfect for transporting a wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s get-up to the church.  We like to think of it as our RUV, recreational utility vehicle.  So were were reminded of our RUV when se stopped off in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to visit a small and highly specialized museum.  The museum is in a building that used to be a silk fabric factory along an industrial runway at the edge of town.

Clarence and Gordon Taylor opened their first factory in Rochester New York in 1927, and had some success until Gordon died in an accident and the factory burned down in 1929.  The Great Depression looked like it would spell the end of their enterprise until the town of Bradford, Pennsylvania offered them a big tax break to move into the old silk factory and local oil man William Piper made an investment to help them with the move and the purchase of new equipment.  Shortly thereafter, Piper bought the rest of the company from Taylor, and went into production on an American icon, the Piper Cub airplane.  He was dubbed the Henry Ford of aviation.

pipercubmuseumPiper believed that a simple, low-cost airplane would sell, even in the Depression. He hired a talented designer, and produced several models used for agricultural, recreational, and commercial purposes.  World War 2 saw the production of a military version, the L-4 Grasshopper.  Production went up and down as private aviation grew and declined in popularity.  When you visit this little museum, you can see a film covering the history, as well as dozens of timelines and much memorabilia.  Stars of the show, of course, are the planes themselves, which include all the early models, as well as several period vehicles.

One of our favorite displays was a plane named the City of Angels, a Piper SuperCruiser that flew around the world in 1947.  It and its sister, The City of Washington, both accomplished that feat with nothing more serious than a cracked tail wheel between the two of them.  The fuselage is decorated on one side with the names of all the cities in which the plane landed, and on the other side with the flags of all the countries it visited.  Know any RVs that look like that?  The other exhibit that piqued our interest was about the WASPs—the Women Airforce Service Pilots who delivered airplanes during World War Two and eventually even flew in combat.

So back to Piper Cubs and RUVs.  Pipers could be fitted with pontoons to land on water, skis to land on snow, balloon tires to land on soft sand.  With seats removed they were airborne pickup trucks.  With jump seats they could haul the family.  They sprayed crops, dropped mail, flew in airshows, delivered emergency medical supplies, and helped explore remote area of the globe.  Our Roadtrek may not do all those things, but it does do a lot more than take us on vacations.

Here’s the museum’s website:


Two RV shows are on tap before Christmas: [spp-timestamp time=”1:05:16″]

Fall Clean Sweep RV Show
December 2-4
CenturyLink Sports Complex
Ft. Myers, FL

Palm Springs Area RV Show & Sale
December 8-11
Riverside County Fair Grounds

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-11-23

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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